Donald Farnham Obituary, Death – Guilford, Maine – At his residence, Donald W. Farnham, better known as Don, passed away. Don served in the United States Army and was assigned at Fort Carson, which is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Don moved his family to Esparto in Yolo County after receiving his honorable discharge from the Army. He was joined by Nancy, his wife of many years. He started his career as a patrol officer in the Los Angeles division of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) after joining the CHP and being stationed there. After that, he moved to San Jose, and then after that, he moved to Oakland, making his way farther north until he finally settled in Vacaville.
After working in the Oakland office, he was transferred to the Woodland office, where he was assigned to patrol and work at the YONET task force. After that, he was transferred once more to the Rancho Cordova office of the California Highway Patrol, where he was employed as an undercover auto theft investigator. Don worked with the National Insurance Crime Bureau from the time he retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2003 until the time he retired for a second time in 2014. Don was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting both in and outside of his home state. In addition to that, he enjoyed playing softball with his fellow officers over the course of his career.
In subsequent years, he was a coach for both of his children, instructing his son in baseball and his daughter in fastpitch softball. His “golden years,” as he referred to them, were spent cheering on his granddaughters as they competed in fast-pitch softball tournaments across the state. When he was not attending his son’s or daughter’s athletic events, you could find him watching his grandson compete in the sport he was participating in at the moment. His parents, William Farnham (Bill) and Helen Farnham, had passed away previously. He was the only child in his family.
Don is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy (Cornwell), as well as his daughters, Cheryl Walker (Phil) of Vacaville, Lisa Restle (Emerson) of Bend, OR, and son, Doug Farnham (Christina) of Vacaville; and three grandchildren, Danica Walker, Maddie Farnham, and Cameron Farnham; brother, Ronald Farnham (Susan) of Esparto; and a large number of nieces and nephews. On February 3, at 11:30 a.m., graveside services will be performed in the Capay Cemetery in Esparto. Immediately following the graveside services, a celebration of life will take place at the Hotel Woodland. There is parking located at the back of the building.